What to do in those moments where all hope and enthusiasm for futurism leaves you?
I think that is an important question to ask for all futurists and people interested in futurology/futurism. I feel very at home on these boards, always have, because we're very like-minded people in that we envision that today's research will shape tomorrow's life. I've been part of this community for years, yet sometimes I hit a low, a pit, whatever you may want to call it.
How often do we see research being overblown by overly enthusiastic journalists or laypeople? How many times does hope cloud our vision, only for disillusionment to set in when we realize that "within the next 5 years" was 10 years ago and the technology got scrapped, or lost or just didn't come along at all?
How do you guys handle that deep sense of disappointment, how do you prevent that from killing your enthusiasm and squashing your interest? I feel so at odds sometimes with it, because out there, if I am not at Uni, I feel like nobody cares or wants to see what I see, what I envision, what I hope for. Whenever I launch into a talk about how some stuff could really happen in a few years, I get called a dreamer, an idiot, or cute - depending on who I am talking with.
It really has put a damper into things, and I think I'm just a bit tired, so to speak.
Got a hand for me, fellow futurists?